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½ May 29, 2014
Quite boring and long. The strangely comic music did not fit either.
½ July 16, 2013
Shohei Imamura had perhaps more than any other Japanese director, and this is saying a HELLUVA lot considering pretty much all Japanese directors are wizards at shot construction, the most intuitively brilliant flare for shot construction. This gives his films, which usually deal with difficult social subjects, a haunting precision. But it's not merely observe and record. His films have a certain attentive care for the characters, and in the process oddly moving scenes are captured. Think about the premise of this film. A small-town family doctor rushing back and forth between different cases of hepatitis during the end of the Second World War. What could possibly be endearing or moving in that? Well, Dr. Akagi, played beautifully by Akira Emoto, is followed by the camera sparingly along with all of the other town characters. The moments that are captured are filled with wonderful pathos. We see Dr. Akagi sweating and huffing down the streets past soldiers and workers, carrying his medical kit and stopping every once and a while for a quick breather. We see the same Dr. Akagi attend to a Dutch soldier beaten and wounded by torture. We see him in front of a commission of doctors, pleading for a crusade against the rising cases in hepatitis. And then we see odder things like Dr. Akagi going on a boat with the ex-prostitute so that she can catch a whale for him. It's all of these episodes, whether odd or obviously reassuring, all come together with savage synthesis only Imamura was capable of. I loved this movie.
½ May 19, 2013
Alternately funny and moving, but in the final 20 minutes, characters' motivations grow too opaque, their scenes almost too ludicrous to be enjoyable.
July 16, 2011
This film has the basic materials to be very good indeed. 1945, Japan. Dr. Akagi on his mission to combat an epidemic of hepatitis; helped in that mission by an escaped POW; while he manages to resist the advances of a young sexpot. Unfortunately, it doesn't resolve itself well at all. Not enough is made of the POW. Or the junkie-surgeon. Or the harlot-turned-nurse. There are more good characters here than our writer/director can handle. Then comes the whale and bomb ending that just seems a confession of failure: "I don't know how to end this so let's just make it absurd." Someone called this a black comedy. Nonsense. It's not a bit funny and that absurd ending doesn't convert what was all along a drama into a black comedy.
July 2, 2011
???-??, posters for korea and outside of korea are different..-.-; didn't know about this director, shohei imamura, but want to see his another cannes awarded movies when i have any chances.. japan has so many pretty things, or like to show them, i always think whenever i see their movies..
July 17, 2008
This is a terrific movie. Imamura is like Vonnegut for Japan.
½ April 13, 2008
Everything comes from the liver. Run Akagi sensei, run !
½ February 10, 2008
Imamura tar oss vidare bland udda japanska figurer. HÀr i slutet av WW2 trÀffar vi en lantdoktor, stÀndigt pÄ sprÄng, som vigt sitt liv att bekÀmpa hepatit - bland de andra byborna gÄr han under namnet Dr Lever. Liksom i de senare Imamura Àr farsen ett ganska stort inslag Àven om allvaret stÀndgt lurar under ytan - redo att bita till nÀr man minst anar det. Kampen mot hepatiten gÄr via gravskÀndning, alkoholiserade prÀster, morfinberoende lÀkare, inkompetenta militÀrer. Klart sevÀrd men inte lika bra som exempelvis "Warm water under a red bridge".
½ February 1, 2008
worth watching and getting drunk while watching you and your friends getting drunk while watching this.
½ January 5, 2008
It is an interesting story of people with only one interest each other. They spend time on their interest in defiance of common sense.
i like this film's characters and their act.and Kumiko Aso was good.
September 1, 2007
Though not an especially interesting film to watch, the Dr. Akagi character was funny at times, so I didn't find it as painful as most Imamura films.
August 5, 2007
i liked this movie... its funny, its sad, its wierd.
June 30, 2007
June 30, 2007 - Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

Perhaps a follow-up to Imamura's earlier satire of Japanese militarism, Zegen ("The Pimp"), "Doctor Liver" ridicules and alarms, with its allusions to sinister wartime deeds.
June 16, 2007
My favorite of Imamura's later films. Set, like the other two films that were released in the decade prior to his death, in a part of Japan removed from modern bustle, Imamura assembles a cast of quirky misfits and directs them with humor, humility, and compassion.
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